The weekend started with the longest ride ever to the lake. It is typically about a 4 hour drive, but with Charlotte traffic and a couple of stops to eat and let the mutts out, it turned into a 6 hour drive. Add 1ish hour of picking up dogs, my bike and getting to Mike & Heather’s before we left and I was OVER driving by the time we arrived! It didn’t help that we had 3 people and 3 dogs in one not-so-big car.
I guess I shouldn’t be complaining since Ernie actually did the majority of the driving…
But poor Mike had “Big Head” on his lap for most of the trip.
And Bailey rotated from this:
To this, (once Walter fell asleep and stopped growling at him):
Once we arrived, we talked with my father-in-law, Jim, for a little while, then headed straight to bed. After flying to Charlotte from working in Illinois all week, Brad finally made it to the lake after midnight.
I was up and out on the bike as soon as the sun came up Saturday morning for my long ride. This was the first time using the aero bars I had the bike shop put on last week. I felt pretty comfortable for the most part, but since I climbed over 3500 ft. on the ride, I didn’t spend the majority of the time in aero position. It was a pretty ride, but sorry, I am too chicken to take pictures of scenery while riding. Although I did get this one of my new setup:
I think I could use some practice taking action shots 🙂
Everyone else (including adorable niece and nephew, Maeve and Jackson) spent the morning on the boat while I sweated all over Franklin County, VA. So when I got back, we were ALL ready for
a little alot of food! The no-frills-deli down the road, Nobologna, did the trick and soon we were all back out on the lake swimming and boating in the afternoon.
We quickly downed 2 pitchers between 5 of us because it was cold and tasted so good! After hanging out for a while, we decided to take a nice slow cruise back to the house to spend the evening playing cards. Between the warm breeze, the beautiful sunset and the effects of the Sangria 🙂 it was an awesome ride back!
We had fun telling stories, drinking beer (<—the guys ) and playing cards for the rest of the night and I squeezed out a big win in the card game before heading to bed. I knew I had another early morning waiting for me!
Sunday morning, once again I dragged myself up bright and early to get in a run before a day of boating. Walter joined me for a quick 2.25 mile run before I headed back to meet Heather. Heather is training for her first 1/2 marathon in Savannah and she rocked her longest run so far – 4 miles! She even chatted away with me the whole time! I have no doubts she will do awesome in the race in November.
After quick showers and a fun breakfast at a little local diner, we were back out for more wakeboarding and boating before heading back to Greenville around 4 p.m. It was such a fun weekend and I am a little sad, as I just realized this is probably my last lake weekend for the summer 😦 Brad is having a boys-only trip up there in September and I have graciously decided not to crash the party!